A VIRTUAL LEARNING SERIES FOR EDUCATORS
Join Alice Chen (Coach, Experience Designer, & Former Teacher) and Citizens of the World Charter Schools for a six session meaning making experience designed to provide space, support & tools for educators to process the tremendous change and transition they are experiencing in their work and in the world right now.
Session 1: Understanding Change & Transition May 28th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST
Session 2: Processing Grief & Loss June 4th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST
Session 3: Working With Anger & Powerlessness June 11th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST
Session 4: Prioritizing Through Your Values June 18th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST
Session 5: Setting Reasonable Expectations June 25th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST
Session 6: Planning Emergently July 2nd, 2:00-3:15 pm PST
In the last six weeks, we have experienced a massive amount of change as a global community that has sent shockwaves through our personal lives and our educational system. Our daily lives have changed dramatically. Our teaching & learning landscapes have as well.
As educational leaders, you are not only experiencing & navigating change for yourselves and your families; you're also holding space for students, parents, and other members of your school community.
While social distancing will end at some point, it is lasting longer than we initially anticipated. And while we will eventually return to our physical schools & classrooms, the educational landscape we will return to is likely to be permanently altered in certain ways. As the weeks press on and the adrenaline rush caused by initial school closures and the shift to online learning begins to subside, we are being called to "settle in" to this transition, as well as to envision new possibilities for schooling. To do this, we will, as Brene Brown says, "need to grieve what we are losing while simultaneously creating a new future."
We all need space to process and make meaning of the uncertainties and complexities of this moment in time - especially when we are charged with taking care of others. In order to have the emotional and cognitive bandwidth required to support others and to tap into our creative faculties, we have to metabolize our own experiences. We need to share what we are feeling, receive empathy and support from others, and build our own toolbox for navigating change.
To this end, we've created a space just for you - 75 minutes of facilitated space, once a week for six weeks where you can set down your responsibilities to others and process what you're feeling, make meaning of your own experience and gather tools & language that will help you feel more resourced to navigate change and transition in this context and beyond.
A diverse cohort of K-12 educators & school leaders who believe that inner work is critical to outer work and want a space, a community, & some tools to support them in making means of the massive change we've experienced in the last couple of months.
We are capping this cohort at 20 educators, with no more than 3 participants per school to provide opportunity for different groups of educators to participate.
All sessions will be held via Zoom. Sessions will be interactive (so you won't be staring passively at a screen for 75 min), include a brief warmup & instruction around a relevant tool, followed by an opportunity to apply the tool through individual reflection and peer dialogue.
Because the cohort is limited to 20, & each session builds on the last, we request that you commit to all 6 sessions.
We recognize that this is a tough time financially for many people, including educators & schools and want this experience to be accessible to all. Thus, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, & New School Ventures Fund will largely sponsor this learning series as part of the Roots Cohort experience. Learn more about Roots at www.rootscohort.org.
Participants will receive a confirmation email the week of May 18, and participants are invited to make a pay-what-you-can donation ($20-$65); link included in welcome email.
To slow down, check in with yourself, & assess where you are at & what you need to be able to sustain yourself & support others through this transition
Genuine opportunities to connect with & hear from others, to support & be supported by teammates
Language & lenses to understand the change we've collectively experienced and some simple tools to help you navigate through this transition with intention
A few right-sized actions you can take today, tomorrow & this week to focus on what matters most & move forward with a greater sense of groundedness & personal power
Alice Chen is a coach, experience designer & former elementary school teacher who has worked with hundreds of leaders & organizations to navigate change & transition. For the last 3 years, she has worked with Citizens of the World Charter School network to build & implement a self-awareness & emotional literacy curriculum for students and the teachers that support them. Alice's mission is to ensure that everyone has the mindsets, relationships, skills & self-possession they need to navigate the uncertainty & complexity of the modern world without getting swallowed up by it. Learn more about Alice here.
First Session: Understanding Change & Transition
Second Session: Processing Grief & Loss
Third Session: Working With Anger & Powerlessness
Fourth Session: Prioritizing Through Values
Fifth Session: Setting Reasonable Expectations
Sixth Session: Planning Emergently